Ilam-2 by-election polling stations classified as 'highly sensitive'

Published On: April 13, 2024 03:20 PM NPT By: Bhim Chapagain

ILAM, April 13: All polling stations in Ilam-2 by-elections scheduled for April 27 have been classified as 'highly sensitive'. As the sole constituency in the country holding a by-election for members of the House of Representatives, all polling stations here have been placed on the highly sensitive list.

Chief District Officer Indradev Yadav stated that this by-election area is crucial from a security point of view, given the nationwide attention focused on it and the potential for increased external traffic. "In previous elections, polling stations were categorized as highly sensitive, sensitive, and general," he explained. "This time, all polling stations are classified as highly sensitive due to the anticipation of large gatherings."

The constituency comprises 79 polling stations and 149 polling centers, serving a total of 115,889 voters. The District Election Office reports 59,018 male voters and 56,869 female voters.

Previously, a majority of polling stations in Constituency 2 were classified as highly sensitive. CDO Yadav noted that with elections scheduled for April 26 in India's West Bengal, which shares a border with Ilam, security measures will be heightened.

Approximately 3,000 security personnel will be deployed for by-election security. The District Security Committee plans to mobilize 1,523 Nepal Police officers, 710 Armed Police Forces personnel, and 700 Nepali Army troops.

The area slated for elections encompasses 42 wards across six local levels.

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